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Giles Mason talks about stopping scams and how to protect yourself.

Get Better at Stopping Scams with This Scam Protection Framework

Most of us want to be polite and help others where we can. But scammers can take advantage of that. Using tools like critical thinking, situational awareness, and slowing down conversations can help you get better at stopping scams before they become financial disasters. Using the Stop-Challenge-Protect framework can help you do that. See Stopping…

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Marta Tellado talks about the state of online consumer protection.

The Importance (and Challenge) of Online Consumer Protection

You’ve probably heard the phrase “buyer beware.” It refers to situations where it’s the buyer’s responsibility to make sure the thing they’re buying is safe and isn’t a scam. When it comes to tangible things, there are laws and regulations in place to help protect us. But online, it’s still a “buyer beware” world. The…

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Pierogi talks about scambaiting and how to avoid scammers.

Avoid Scammers by Learning How Their Scams Operate

Scammers have learned to use systems like shipping, rental cars, and rental homes against us. And they’re really good at staying under the radar. They also know a lot of psychological tricks to manipulate us and use our own brains to get us caught in their traps. In order to avoid scammers and stay safe,…

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Sander van der Linden talks about misinformation techniques and how you can become foolproof.

Identifying Misinformation Techniques to Become Untrickable

Modern communication is lightning-fast, and the internet is available all the time. Misinformation and disinformation spreads quickly, and it’s easy for even smart and aware people to be caught by it. But there is a way to keep misinformation from tricking you. By understanding disinformation and misinformation techniques, you can “inoculate” yourself against false and…

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Chris Chabris and Dan Simons talk about scam methods and how they fool even smart people.

How Scam Methods Fool Our Brains (and How to Spot Their Tricks)

Like malicious magicians, scammers use distractions and illusions to keep you from figuring out their tricks. They know if they can’t keep up the facade, you’ll realize it’s fishy. Many of the common techniques of scams – like urgency and rushing your decision – are really ways to hijack your decision-making brain and keep you…

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Mikko Hypponen talks about IoT devices and security and the future of cyber war.

IoT Devices, Cyber Warfare, and the Future of Security

If you think about it, the technology we have around us today is pretty incredible. From generative AI tools like ChatGPT to DNA testing, so many technological abilities that are normal now would have been something out of a sci-fi film or a James Bond movie thirty years ago. But just like in science fiction,…

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Robin Dreeke talks about communication techniques to build trust.

Communication Techniques to Build Trust and Avoid Manipulators

Whether you’re talking to a friend, interviewing a potential employee, making a sale, or recruiting a spy, human psychology doesn’t change. The foundations of an honest conversation are the same. We can use communication techniques to inspire trust and get the information we need. Master manipulators may know how to sound good without answering your…

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Roberta Blevins talks about MLMs, MLM scams, and red flags to watch for.

Avoid MLM Scams, Manipulation, and Loss by Watching for These Red Flags

People end up in a multi-level marketing company, or MLM, for different reasons. Maybe you wanted to help a friend. Maybe you wanted to make some extra money. Or maybe you were tricked and didn’t intend to sign up at all. It’s important to know that not all multi-level marketing companies are bad. But MLM…

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